A report on a heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Eyethu Kromdraaicoal Mine, close to Delmas, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Geovicon to conduct a heritage impact assessment for the proposed Eyethu Kromdraai Coal Mine. This is close to Delmas in the Mpumalanga Province.

The fieldwork undertaken revealed three sites of cultural heritage significance. These are all grave sites and therefore mitigation measures are needed. However, all three fall outside of the area of direct impact and therefore exhumation and relocation is not necessary. Both options when dealing with graves is discussed in order to facilitate planning. Once the mitigation has been implemented, the development may continue.

The developer however needs to take note that all archaeological and historical sites may not have been identified due to different environmental factors. It also is possible that subterranean archaeological sites may be found later on. Should such sites be identified, it needs to be dealt with by an archaeologist.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)
Accredited member of ASAPA
Professional member of SASCH